Friday, July 9, 2010

Pets at Twycross Manager - Twycross Zoo

Pets at Twycross Manager

Twycross Zoo, based in Leicestershire, is a registered charity and is home to over 1000 animals from more than 200 different species. We are proud of the work we do in conservation and education and take part in many captive breeding programmes for endangered animals. About three quarters of the animals housed at Twycross are classed as endangered species. 

The Pets at Twycross Manager must be able to engage with our visitors, particularly children, and bring educational and visitor oriented strengths and experience to the role. In addition, they will be experienced with the animal care and handling of domestic species including rabbit, guinea pig, miniature donkey, alpaca, wallaby, bearded dragon, corn snake, fancy rat, ferret, reindeer, pygmy goat, tortoise, chinchilla, finch, parrot, budgerigar and cockatiel.

Applicants must have experience of both delivering educational sessions and facilitating and developing educational programmes. The Pets at Twycross Manager will also organise a calendar of events partnering external organisations in activities such as promoting pet care, zoo outreach programmes and suchlike. Competence in handling domestic animal species and a working knowledge of the natural history and management of all the animals on the section are essential. The Manager will also be responsible for a team of keepers working on the section and will have good people management skills with a firm and fair approach.

The working pattern will follow the normal keepers’ times and days of work with a rota of 6 days on and 2 off and an 8 am start. This post will report to the Curator.

We offer a competitive salary, uniform, 31 days holiday, 5% employer’s pension contribution and the possibility of on-site accommodation.

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date: as soon as we can appoint the right person.

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